Donna Ivy Faske (aka Donna Karan) was born in 1948 in Forest Hills, Queens New York. She grew up with her stepfather who was a tailor and her mom who was a model in Woodmere New York. Before making it on her own, Karan worked for Liz Claiborne and then Ann Klein. When Ann Klein died in 1974, Donna Karan became the head designer. In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and founded her own clothing company, Donna Karan Co. Her first women’s collection premiered in 1985. She also created a bridge line, DKNY, in 1988. She became highly successful from her Essentials line and elastic bodysuits. Today, the Donna Karan collection designs everything from women’s formal attire, to beauty products, to furniture. In 1996, Donna Karan went public and became Donna Karan Inc.